Episode 217 - Video Indexer & Custom Speech Service

by Sujit D'Mello February 23, 2018

The Video Indexer is one of our favorite services which we use right here at the Podcast to offer indexed audio insights into our shows. We are fortunate to have Royi Ronen, a Principal Data Science Manager of the Media Artificial Intelligence group and Olivier Nano, a Principal Development Manager for the Cognitive Speech Service about the details of Video Indexer and the Custom Speech service that makes it even better.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode217.mp3

Indexed Audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/db0be280c2/

 

Other updates:

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2017/12/15/using-the-openssh-beta-in-windows-10-fall-creators-update-and-windows-server-1709/

Support for automatic OS image updates in virtual machine scale sets
Virtual machine scale sets are a way to manage Azure VMs as a group. They provide easy deployment and management options, and simple ways to integrate with support for autoscale and load balancing. Patching thousands of VMs in scale sets is a critical management task that we recommend our customers to perform for the continued security, performance, and stability of the applications those VMs support.  
A new capability is in preview: automatic guest OS image updates in scale sets. After you enable this feature for your scale sets, when a new OS image is published with the latest features, security patches, and performance improvements, your scale sets and Azure Service Fabric clusters can receive these updates automatically, without your intervention. 
The new image will roll out to the VMs in your scale sets in batches based on preconfigured health probes to check for application issues. So your app can remain highly available even if there are incompatibilities between your app and the new OS image. You can monitor the status of upgrades programmatically or through an out-of-the-box experience in the Azure portal. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/auto-os-upgrades/>


Azure Event Grid generally available
Easily subscribe and react to interesting events happening in any Azure service or in your own apps with Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service. Event Grid removes the need to continuously poll by reliably routing events at high scale and low latency. In addition, take advantage of the rich coverage and reactive event model enabled by Event Grid in your serverless architectures.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/event-grid/

 

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Episode 216 - HDInsights, Big Data & Open Source

by Sujit D'Mello February 16, 2018

Senior PM Pranav Rastogi is really passionate about all things Big Data and Open Source in this episode. He dives into the various open source tools that Microsoft has invested in to make it super-easy for our customers to work with Big Data in Azure.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/hdinsight/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-hdinsight-announcements-significant-price-reduction-and-amazing-new-capabilities/

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode216.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/edit/debb22432f

 

Other updates:

We are pleased to announce the release of "Refactor an Azure Service Fabric Application migrated from Azure Cloud Services", the second article in a series about migrating an existing application from Azure Cloud Services to Service Fabric. The focus of the first article in the series was performing a direct port of the application making only the changes necessary to get the Cloud Service application running in Service Fabric. This newly released second article focuses on refactoring the ported application to a more granular service architecture to take advantage of Service Fabric benefits such as easier application management, service versioning, and independent service scaling to respond to changes in load.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/service-fabric/refactor-migrated-app

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databricks/
  ->Now in Public Preview
  ->Apache Spark-based platform on Azure

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuregov/2018/01/24/federal-agencies-continue-to-advance-capabilities-with-azure-government/
  ->ICE and USAF

Azure Standard support now offers the highest value support for production workloads amongst major cloud providers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-standard-support-now-offers-the-highest-value-support-for-production-workloads-amongst-major-cloud-providers/

https://www.infoworld.com/article/3251828/application-development/infoworlds-2018-technology-of-the-year-award-winners.html
Windows Subsystem for Linux award!

Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewalls for Azure Storage now generally available
Today we are announcing the general availability of Firewalls and Virtual Networks (VNets) for Azure Storage along with Virtual Network Service Endpoints. Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks uses Virtual Network Service Endpoints to allow administrators to create network rules that allow traffic only from selected VNets and subnets, creating a secure network boundary for their data...

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/>

 

Azure Search service upgrades: New hardware, unlimited document counts, and more!
Starting in late 2017, all new paid Azure Search services started using brand new, more powerful underlying hardware in select regions. The upgraded search services offer significantly higher performance and remove document count limits, at no additional cost…
Now using SSD's instead of HDDs under the hood.  Removed document counts from basic and standard tiers, so now it's just storage capacity limits that are enforced.  Should result in faster indexing and query performance for the same price.  Limits in terms of number of indexes has gone up from 5 to 15 in Basic, and one of the limits of 200 million documents per partition on Standard 3 High Density pricing tier has been removed.  (Limits per index still exist).

Decentralized Digital Identities and Blockchain – The Future as We See It.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/02/12/decentralized-digital-identities-and-blockchain-the-future-as-we-see-it/

Build Go apps for Azure with the Go SDK, now generally available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/build-go-apps-for-azure-with-the-go-sdk-now-generally-available/

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Episode 215 - Kubernetes Innovations

by Russell Young February 9, 2018

The guys have an amazing talk with Brendan Burns, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, about the future of Kubernetes in Azure.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode215.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/f46a8b23c6/

 

Other updates:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/ansible/ansible-run-playbook-in-cloudshell

OpenSSH is a collection of client/server utilities that enable secure remote login, remote file transfer, and public/private key pair management. Originating as part of the OpenBSD project and commonly used across the BSD, Linux, macOS, and Unix ecosystems, you can now use OpenSSH from PowerShell in Cloud Shell.
The SSH quickstart for PowerShell includes examples on how to create VMs with your SSH public key, as well as how to persist SSH configs and key files across Cloud Shell sessions.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/openssh-now-available-in-powershell-in-cloud-shell/>


Designing Distributed Systems - Brendan Burns new book (plug?)

Brand Detection in Microsoft Video Indexer
We are delighted to announce a new capability in Microsoft Video Indexer: Brand Detection from speech and from visual text! If you are not yet familiar with Video Indexer, you may want to take a look at a few examples on our video portal.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/>

Bing Speech API extends its text to speech support to 34 languages
05 February 2018
The Speech API, a Microsoft Cognitive Service, now offers six new TTS languages to all developers, bringing the total number of available languages to 34.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/>

A great developer experience for Ansible

Ansible (from RedHat) now available directly in the Cloud Shell, as well as supported from VS Code
"Ansible makes it easy to scale automation, manage complex deployments and speed productivity".  Supports workflows to streamline jobs, and tools to share devops solutions within teams.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/topics/announcements/>


Go serverless for your IoT needs
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/go-serverless-for-your-iot-needs/


Taken from the Twitter Feed: Listener feedback on future shows
 • ARM template deployments, specifically with regard to taking an existing set of resources and repeating them in another subscription.
 • SQL Server Managed Instances
 • Low-priority VMs - there is whole economy behind them look @spotinstUK
 • Media Services and specifically Media Analytics
 • Certification changes - no more Azure Solutions Architect?
 • Azure Stack upd and ReverseDSC ex aequo
 • Azure Automation
 • API Management
 • How to handle data and security compliance for different regions
 • Service Bus
 • Event Hubs
 • Application Gateway
 • Azure architecture patterns especially for LOB applications running on prem;
 • Security and management of API within Azure Webapp to WebApi.
 

 

 

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Episode 214 - Functions Microservices

by Sujit D'Mello February 1, 2018

Nir Mashkowski, Product Management Director for various Azure PaaS services, talks to us about his favorite - Functions! He shares his thoughts around using Functions as a 'Practical Microservices Platform' using some of the new features in the service.

Some resources:
Azure Functions Linux: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/11/15/functions-on-linux-preview/
Some success stories: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/case-studies/?service=app-service&term=Azure+Functions+
Hacks with startups and ISVs: https://microsoft.github.io/techcasestudies/#SearchPhraseText=Azure Functions
Azure Functions Proxies: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/11/15/azure-functions-proxies-is-now-generally-available/
Contact the team on Twitter @AzureFunctions or @nirmsk

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode214.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/8943c94906/

Other updates:


We announced the general availability of Azure App Service on Linux and Web App for Containers in September 2017. Today, we’re adding additional language runtime support for built-in images. You can now create a Linux web app by using .NET Core 2.0 as a runtime stack.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/net-core-2-0-support-for-app-service-on-linux/>


Network Watcher in Germany and AzGov


Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Grid

Azure ExpressRoute updates – New partnerships, monitoring and simplification

ITSM Connector for Azure is now generally available

Azure Search enterprise security: Data encryption and user-identity access control

 

 

 

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Episode 213 - Azure Dev using Windows Subsystem for Linux

by Sujit D'Mello January 27, 2018

Tara Raj, a PM who has been on the show before, talks to us about her latest endeavor, the Windows Subsystem for Linux and how it can be used for various tasks including Azure Development!

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode213.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/cad3664336/

Resources: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/wsl/

 

Other updates:

Region expansion: Global VNet Peering
At Ignite, we announced that you can use Global VNet Peering to peer virtual networks across Azure regions. Today, we're expanding to more support regions—enabling direct VM-to-VM connectivity without any public internet involvement or any extra hops.
With just a few clicks, you can use Global VNet Peering to connect virtual networks across Azure regions to share resources or create a global, private peered virtual network. This enables a variety of scenarios such as data replication, disaster recovery, and database failover through private IPs alone.
You can now peer across the following regions:
□ Korea South
□ UK South
□ UK West
□ Canada East
□ India South
□ India Central
□ India West
The new regions add to the previously announced regions:
□ US West Central
□ Canada Central
□ US West 2

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/global-vnet-peering-region-expansion/>

 

New Python solutions for Web App for Containers
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Get started with ready-to-use Python-based web app templates from Flask, Bottle, or Django. They can be customized to build a web app for a small business or a personal web app.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-python-solutions-for-web-app-for-containers/>


Partnering for a path to digital identity
https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/01/22/partnering-for-a-path-to-digital-identity/

Start replicating in under 30 minutes using Azure Site Recovery's new onboarding experience
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-a-new-simplified-onboarding-experience-for-azure-site-recovery-vmware-to-azure/

Launching the Azure Storage Solution showcase
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-azure-storage-solution-showcase/

Azure Zone Redundant Storage in public preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-zone-redundant-storage-in-public-preview/

 

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Episode 212 - Planning for Reliability

by Evan Basalik January 18, 2018

Evan is back after a couple of stressful weeks dealing with the fallout from "Meltdown". He shares some of his learnings and things customers can do to be better prepared for such situations.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode212.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/1c1d95469e/

Resources:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-business-continuity
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sql/virtual-machines-windows-portal-sql-availability-group-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sql/virtual-machines-windows-sql-high-availability-dr

Other updates:

NPR's Market-Blockchain-place

General availability: Service tags for NSGs
Service tags simplify security for Azure virtual machines and Azure virtual networks by enabling you to easily restrict network access to just the Azure services that you use.
You can use service tags in your network security group (NSG) rules to allow or deny traffic to a specific Azure service globally or per Azure region. Azure provides the maintenance of IP addresses underlying each tag. This preview includes Storage, Sql, and AzureTrafficManager tags. 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/service-tags-nsgs-ga

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/expanded-options-for-accessing-cloud-shell/

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Episode 211 - Azure Monitor

by Sujit D'Mello January 11, 2018

Cale and Sujit talk about one of the unsung heroes of Azure, the Monitor service.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode211.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/ed4588081e/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-get-started

 

Other updates:

Augmented rules for network security groups (NSGs) simplify the security definition for virtual networks, so you can define larger, more complex network security policies with fewer rules. Multiple ports, multiple explicit IP addresses, service tags, and application security groups can all be combined into a single, easily understood security rule. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/agumented-rules-ga-nsg/>


You can use application security groups to configure network security as natural extension of an application’s structure, by arbitrarily grouping virtual machines and defining network security policies based on those groups. 
You can reuse your security policy and scale without manual maintenance of explicit IP addresses. The platform handles the complexity of explicit IP addresses and multiple rule sets, so you can focus on your business logic. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-for-asg/>


https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/security-overview#application-security-groups

Manage and Auto-scale your IoT solution with a predictable IoT Cloud
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/iot-hub-dotnet-autoscale/

Azure Security Center and Microsoft Web Application Firewall Integration
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-security-center-and-microsoft-web-application-firewall-integration/

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Episode 210 - CPU Vulnerability

by Evan Basalik January 4, 2018

Evan talks about the hot issue of the CPU vulnerability that's been addressed by Microsoft in Windows on Azure and on-premises. He discusses the reason for the reboots of all the Azure servers and how customers can alleviate the impact of these reboots.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/securing-azure-customers-from-cpu-vulnerability/

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode210.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/3869c863fb/

 

Other updates:

Preview version 12.0.0-beta of the Azure SDK for Go is now available to help you use Azure services from Go applications. To get it, run `go get -u github.com/Azure/azure-sdk-for-go/...` or use dep.


The Azure Container Networking Interface (CNI) plug-in is now generally available for Kubernetes clusters deployed using acs-engine.
You can use the plug-in to deploy and manage your own Kubernetes cluster with native Azure networking capability, by default. Azure CNI allows your containers to be part of an Azure virtual network and leverage the rich set of capabilities that a virtual network offers.

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Episode 209 - DevOps with Kubernetes

by Evan Basalik December 23, 2017

As part of our Partner Spotlight series, we have Dan Garfield from CodeFresh.io and Jessica Deen, a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft talking about DevOps in a Kubernetes world. Good timing too considering we recently did a show on Kubernetes!

https://codefresh.io/
Kubernetes Guides - https://codefresh.io/kubernetes-guides/
Docker Guides - https://codefresh.io/docker-guides/

Brief Description of Codefresh - Codefresh is a DevOps platform built for Kubernetes. It includes CI/CD, a free private Docker registry, and on-demand test environments. It's available as SaaS, or run it on your own infrastructure.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode209.mp3

 

 

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Episode 208 - From College to Azure

by Sujit D'Mello December 14, 2017

We chat with Kendal Roden, an Azure Consultant at Microsoft, about the journey she went through, graduating from college to getting ramped up on Azure and working on real engagements with customers.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode208.mp3

Indexed media: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/8ce4dda768/

Other updates:

Automation runbooks available in action groups to take actions from alerts

An Azure Automation runbook is a new action type available in Azure action groups. 
When you create an action group, you can select to run an Automation runbook in addition to any other actions that you configure. You can choose a built-in runbook that's supplied by Azure for common tasks, or you can choose a custom runbook that you've created in your Automation account.
This capability greatly extends the possible actions that you can take when an alert (activity log alert or near-real-time metric alert) triggers an action group on an Azure resource. For example, you can use a runbook that will gather additional troubleshooting information from the affected resource and then send it for review. Or the runbook can take immediate remediation actions to fix the issue or limit its extent.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/automation-runbooks-available-in-action-groups/

To provide a single, streamlined experience for Azure portal users, we will be sunsetting the Azure classic portal on January 8, 2018.


Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/quantum/2017/12/11/announcing-microsoft-quantum-development-kit

Cloud storage now more affordable: Announcing general availability of Azure Archive Storage
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/cloud-storage-now-more-affordable-announcing-general-availability-of-azure-archive-storage/

How cloud speed helps SQL Server DBAs
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-cloud-speed-helps-sql-server-dbas/

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